Through The Static

May 5, 2008

An Indian-American Vice President?

Filed under: Culture,Elections,Politics,Race — disciplepete @ 8:42 pm

No, not me! But I’ve heard a buzz for a while about Bobby Jindal, the Indian-American governor of Louisiana, being a possible running mate for John McCain. He’s young (36); that helps offset McCain’s age liability. He’s frighteningly conservative, which will give McCain some more streed cred with the hardcore conservatives. And he’s Brown, which will give the Republican ticket some diversity points vis-a-vis the Democratic ticket. From the NYT:

…. in separate conversations last week, no fewer than four McCain staffers and advisers mentioned as a possible vice-presidential pick the 36-year-old Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal. They’re tempted by the idea of picking someone so young, with real accomplishments and a strong reformist streak.

It might also be a way to confront the issue of McCain’s age (71), which private polls and focus groups suggest could be a real problem. A Jindal pick would implicitly acknowledge the questions and raise the ante. The message would be: “You want generational change? You can get it with McCain-Jindal — without risking a liberal and inexperienced Obama as commander in chief.” I would add that it was after McCain spent considerable time with Jindal in New Orleans recently, and reportedly found him, as he has before, personally engaging and intellectually impressive, that the campaign’s informal name-dropping of Jindal began.

Wouldn’t that be a trip if Jindal got the nod? I mean, at McCain’s age, Jindal would have a decent shot of actually becoming president by natural causes. The first Brown president! That might be the reason he won’t get the nod. Also, Jindal is still building his political career, he hasn’t even finished his first term as governor of Louisiana (a state that it would be hard to make things any worse in), so it might be in his best interest to just build up his resume by fixing up Louisiana.

I have mixed feelings about Jindal though. Actually, mostly negative feelings. He’s more conservative than the average conservative. That doesn’t sit well with me. But as an Indian-American, I guess it’s cool that he probably inspires young Indian-Americans; they can see someone who looks like themselves becoming successful in American politics.

Then again, he goes by “Bobby” instead of his real name (Piyush) and converted to Catholicism in his teens. Most Indian-Americans are not Christians with Anglo names; would he have been elected as Louisiana’s governor if he was a Hindu named Piyush?

Not trying to hate on him too much for the religion and name though…after all, I am an Indian Christian named Peter. Although I didn’t choose my name, and I come from an ancient Christian community. And I’m an atheist. But anyways…whatever the identity issues, Jindal’s politics suck. As Public Enemy put it, every brother ain’t a brother!



  1. Public Enemy spoke on it.

    look at CONdie.

    even Colin Powell before he got chased out.

    I just don’t trust Brown and Yellow folk playing with the elephants. Even if they are Brown and Yellow.

    I know, pete doggles, I know. We can still DREAM, can’t we? We can still DREAM.

    Comment by Aliiiiiiice — May 6, 2008 @ 8:38 am | Reply

  2. Rev. Wright called Condie “Condamnesia”. ahaha

    Yeah, I’m not down with the colored elephants either…and I won’t be surprised if Jindal runs for President within the next decade…if you look at his bio, the man is extraordinarily accomplished for someone his age and he could very well be the first Brown president (though I really hope it doesn’t happen). According to Rush Limbaugh, Jindal is the next Ronald Reagan.

    Comment by disciplepete — May 6, 2008 @ 1:25 pm | Reply

  3. ::shudders:: and we all need another ronnie in ze house.

    admit it, pete doggles, you secretly want a desi in the White House — regardless of political affiliation. ADMIT IT! ADMIT IT NOW!!!! RAURRR!!!

    ::goes crazeeeeeee~!::

    Comment by Aliiiiiiice — May 7, 2008 @ 7:49 am | Reply

  4. hahah Oh yeah, my vision of progress is a Brown foot on my neck instead of a White one!

    Comment by disciplepete — May 7, 2008 @ 12:30 pm | Reply

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